Pope Francis to the Superiors General
On 29th November 2013, Pope Francis met 120 Superiors General of the men congregations. Here is an excerpt from the conversation of the Pope reported by Fr. Antonio Spadaro Sj.
The New Hall of the Synod in the Vatican When Pope Francis speaks “off the cuff” and dialogs, his speech has a certain rhythm that “undulates” progressively; one would do well to follow it with care because it is fed by the living relations he experiences with his interlocutors. Those who notice should pay careful attention not only to the contents of what he says but also to the dynamic of the relationship that is created. This is what happened during the onversation that the Holy Father held with the Union of Superiors General of religious men at the end of their 82nd General Assembly……
Pope Francis then listens to a few questions about formation. He answers immediately, indicating his priorities: “The formation of candidates is fundamental. There are four pillars of formation: spiritual, intellectual, communitarian and apostolic. The ghost to fight against is the image of religious life understood as an escape or hiding place in face of an “external,” difficult and complex world. The four pillars should be integrated right from the first dayof entrance into the noviceship, and should not be arranged sequentially. They must be interactive.”